Winter Boot Update

WindRiver Outfitting winter boot update

Winter Boot update

Well it has been a while since I got my new boots. So I thought it would be time for an update. I did not want to test them in really cold weather, I would have enjoyed a warmer winter, but that is why I bought them so they did get tested.

If I was to rate them on a scale of 1 – 10 I would have to give them 10.

Once they got through the break-in period, or should I say once my feet got through the break-in, they fit really well. They have AMAZING traction. In fact now that I wear them out for a walks the shoes that I usually wear feel very slippery. On snow and ice they have amazing traction.

-22C, stiff wind and warm feet!!!

As for warmth. In -35C I can stand in one place and my feet stay perfectly warm. I do not need to moving my toes or shift around my feet are warm. As warm as at home with the heat on and wearing slippers. When walking they are also perfectly toasty warm. This is great if you are a photographer and you need stand for a while shooting. With warm feet you will not be rushing to get the shot and get back inside.

Cool feature

One thing that I really like is that there is a pull strap on the back of the boots to help pull on. It is not needed but sure is nice to have. Makes pulling on very simple.

Worth the cost?

So are the boots worth the money that they cost? YES and more. I do not mind paying more money for something that does what it says. These boots do that and more.

Now my issue is that I need to make sure that I carry them with me. I went shooting the other day and forgot them at home. WHAT a difference trying to shoot with cold feet! These are also great to carry if traveling. If you had any car troubles and had these boots with you your feet would be warm till you got rescued. I would also take these if you were camping in cold weather as part of an emergency kit.

Read up on cold weather clothes.

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Scanning slides, negatives & prints

I have been scanning slides, negatives & prints for customers for years. When I look back at the original scanners that were available and compare it to today’s scanners I cannot believe how far technology has come. All scans done on state-of-art scanners at the highest resolution. All work done safety in Lethbridge!

A scan from a old 35mm slide, printed and framed with gallery glass.

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Printing – to custom profile or not, that is the question!

Printing

After reading many posts on various forums about printing and using color profiles (canned VS custom) it got me thinking. I decided to do some tests to see the difference between provided profiles from Epson and paper manufacturers and the profiles that I make.

Equipment:

  • Epson 3880 (x2)
  • Epson P7000
  • Colormunki Photo running the new I1 Studio software

Read morePrinting – to custom profile or not, that is the question!

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My newest edition has grown up :-)

I love it when things are all grown up to be what they should be. There are times when you pick-up something that you know it fits you perfectly,  a camera, camera bag, backpack, a nice coat.  Other times you don’t know why but that thing just does not feel right.

Read moreMy newest edition has grown up 🙂

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Batteries – Rechargeable or not rechargeable that is the question!

Batteries
Rechargeable or Non rechargeable?

Today’s cameras mostly all take a rechargeable battery pack so we really have no choice as to what type of battery to put into our cameras. But if you look at all the other items that take batteries it can really be hard to decide what to buy to power these power hungry accessories.  A few of the accessories that I have that take batteries either at the studio or in my camera bag are:

Read moreBatteries – Rechargeable or not rechargeable that is the question!

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Is film coming back?????

Kodak is bringing back slide film, not sure how I feel about this??

Kodak Ektachrome film
Kodak Ektachrome

First let me say that in one way I think that someone that wants to be a professional photographer should have to shoot film for a year. To learn how to do some things like focus, set exposure and to decide what shots to take and what not to take. Six months shooting negative, and six months shooting slide film – then they can call themselves a professional.

On the other hand I have shot both and really have no desire to go back to either. I have shot tens of thousands of rolls of film. Thousands of rolls of slide and really do not see what the benefit would be to go back for myself.

Yes there is a difference in negative, slide and digital. Each one has benefits and drawbacks and I would not look down on people that shoot either. But after doing both I do like my digital.

For film users there is still a lot that has to be done to make it easy to use; labs need to come back, cameras need to be updated and available and a lot of specialty suppliers need to come back providing things like photo albums, slide projectors, etc. I do hope that film does not completely die out but at this time I do not see a huge market for them.

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